There's Only So Many Ways To Combine Chords...

from the so-stop-worrying-about-copying dept

The whole Coldplay/Joe Satriani copyright fight is pretty silly for a a variety of reasons. Yes, there are some similarities, but there's a ton of stuff in music that sounds the same. There's a great chapter in James Boyle's The Public Domain all about Ray Charles' song I Got A Woman, where Boyle goes back in time to show how Charles' song basically copies from a few others (in some cases rather blatantly) in order to effectively invent soul music. Then he moves forward and looks at how others have built off of Charle's song as well. You can read the whole chapter (and, indeed, the whole book) online. The chapter in question is Chapter 6: I Got a Mashup.

Then, of course, many folks have seen the comedian who points out how many songs are based on the same basic progression as Pachelbel's Canon in D:


Along those lines, reader Bill Squire has sent in this similar video about how many songs use the same basic chord progression as Journey's Don't Stop Believing:
And yet, now some people are worried that one musician has come up with a similar song?

Filed Under: chords, humor, music, similarity


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    Mike (profile), 23 Jan 2009 @ 12:12pm

    Re: Rights

    Until you have the legal or musical background, please stay out of my business.

    Fair enough. Then until you have an economic, tech or business background, stay off my website.

    Sound dumb? Sure. It is. But it's no less dumb than what you just said. I am commenting on the overall economic impact of stupid laws and stupid business models. To say that only musicians or lawyers (i.e., those who unfairly benefit from such things) should be allowed to comment on it, rather than those who can take an impartial view of the *overall* impact of the actions is pretty silly, don't you think?

    Though, actually, given your earlier comment, you shouldn't answer that, since I'm guessing you're not trained in philosophy, right? So, philosophical questions must be off limits.

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